The UK’s first specialist maternity retreat, Mermaid Maternity Retreat offers state-of-the-art accommodation, education, wellbeing and a full range of support services for expectant and new families

Mermaid Maternity Retreat is a brand new concept in private maternity, a centre of excellence offering tailored non-medical support services and specialist accommodation for pregnant women and new mothers, helping them to prepare for the birth, recover afterwards and give their baby the best possible start in life.

In the run-up to the delivery, expect birth preparation workshops, antenatal yoga, Pilates and exercise classes, nutritional guidance, antenatal physiotherapy and a range of complementary therapies to help prepare mum-to-be physically and emotionally for the changes and challenges ahead.

Samantha Poser, Midwife


Samantha is a qualified midwife and joins us from running her own private consultancy. Her previous midwifery roles include The Kensington Wing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and The Portland Hospital for Women. Whilst not  actively practicing midwifery here at mermaid she brings her extensive knowledge and experience to head up our Mother and Baby Team ensuring that our mothers and babies are in the safest possible hands. Samantha’s passion is empowering women through knowledge to make confident informed decisions regarding every aspect of their care. Samantha has a 5 year old daughter and boy/girl twins born in Jan 2013!

Emma Cannon, Acupuncture Lead

Emma is an Integrated Women’s Health practitioner, registered Acupuncturist and author of 3 books on fertility & pregnancy. Emma specialises in fertility, gynaecology, pregnancy, pre-birth, post-partum and the menopause. Her special interests are; the immune system and how that impacts on our fertility & pregnancy, how the mind affects the body, helping people through difficult life challenges and ultimately giving them a fuller, healthier more balanced life. Emma leads all acupuncture at Mermaid.

Vicki Edgson, Executive Nutritionist 

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Vicki has been one of the UK’s foremost nutritionists and authors over the last 15 years, and has worked with a wide range of high profile clients. Vicki co-founded The Food Doctor and is the co-author of alkaline bible, Honestly Healthy. Vicki  coordinates all of Mermaid’s nutritional advice, and works with the chefs to ensure the menus are ideally designed for all of Mermaid’s guests.

Maggie Howell

Maggie is the founder of Natal Hypnotherapy, the UK’s leading provider of hypnosis for birth CDs and workshops which has helped over 100,000 women learn easy to use techniques to overcome fear and reduce pain in childbirth.

Maggie is a mother of five sons and has developed the award winning techniques over the last 13 years with her team of Practitioners who run both private courses as well as courses for the NHS across the UK.